Those looking for an unconventional home and a relaxed lifestyle are unsurprisingly drawn to an exclusive cluster of striking golden sandstone properties nestled into the rocks of the northern beaches, less than an hour's drive from the city, with their glimpses of Pittwater sparkling between the spotted gums and angophoras.
Occupying the northern side of an unspoilt natural rocky summit above Clareville Beach with 300-degree views, 'the Castle' is arguably the most interesting example of these imaginative 1950s Sydney sandstone houses to be found on the northern beaches.
Dramatic panoramas are seen through every window, including Lion Island, West Head and Bangalley to the north east, with the views are framed by the graceful apricot curves of the many angophoras surrounding the house.
The living areas of this distinctive and unusual house, with its stone walls and high ceilings, provide the perfect setting for any occasion - from intimate family dinners, to entertaining a crowd. Its striking design and welcoming atmosphere has made it a local landmark remembered with fondness by any who are privileged to visit.
Privacy is a key feature of this unique home, with stone passages separating the bedrooms to ensure that peace and quiet reigns when needed, whatever may be occurring elsewhere in the house.
Designed to suit the climate as well as the magnificent site, the Castle benefits from cooling sea breezes on a hot day, but is quite protected from the southerly winds. Sheltered, sunny sandstone courtyards and terraces ensure outdoor living is easy and accessible, with a great sense of integration between the property and the natural beauty of the site. The cacophony of assorted birdlife serenades the arrival of dusk and then erupts once again as the tendrils of soft morning light flicker through the many trees' leaves.
Only a short walk down to both the Clareville shops and the restaurants and excellent shopping to be found in Avalon village, the home offers convenience and amenities while not compromising on privacy and location. At 3238 sq metres, this block of land is one of the largest on the peninsula and guarantees the amazing views and valuable privacy of the site will never be threatened.